- Dodge appears to have revealed a Hellcat version of its Durango SUV.
- The Hellcat logo made an appearance on the front fender of a car in a new ad from the automaker that made its debut on January 31.
- The advertisement is called “Dodge House of Power” and features Vin Diesel, who teamed up with Dodge to promote the Fast & Furious 9 movie.
Dodge is the type of company to drop teasers left, right, and center: anyone remember the plethora of Demon hints the company dropped en route to the reveal of the street-legal drag car? It looks like Dodge’s love for Easter eggs hasn’t faded in the past few years, as we spotted what we think could be the Durango Hellcat in an ad that Dodge recently released.
The advertisement is called “Dodge House of Power” and features Vin Diesel in a spot meant to promote the company’s tie-in with the upcoming Fast 9 movie, the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, which also had a trailer drop on Friday. The ad is typical Dodge stuff: smoky burnouts, long sideways drifts, dizzying donuts, roaring V-8 engines, Vin Diesel looking like a badass, and the general tire-decimating shenanigans that we all love.
Mixed in with all that is what we think could be the Dodge Durango Hellcat, which briefly makes an appearance 18 seconds into the commercial. We catch a glimpse of the now iconic Hellcat badge on the front fender of the car for a couple of seconds as it moves along at speed. The camera then cuts to an accelerating Durango at night. Taking a closer look, you’ll notice that the Hellcat-badged vehicle doesn’t look like a Charger or Challenger. The wheel well is larger, and the fenders and door design are more reminiscent of a Durango. The tires also don’t look like what you’d find on the Hellcat variants of the Charger or Challenger: there is a larger sidewall, not at all like the low-profile tires that the Charger and Challenger Hellcats sport. Lastly, if Dodge wanted to show off a Charger or Challenger Hellcat for marketing purposes, it would most likely use a widebody version of the car, since those look more athletic and racier.
Dodge has already given its three-row SUV the SRT treatment: bigger brakes, a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V-8, better tires, and a sportier suspension. The sheer absurdity of having a 707-hp SUV would stop most companies, but then again, Dodge isn’t most companies. It’s not known to shy away from more power and bigger engines and has shoehorned the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 into a variety of production vehicles, like the Challenger, Charger, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more teasers like this one and for the potential reveal of the Durango Hellcat itself.
Source: Motor - aranddriver.com